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Verdi & Shakespeare: Early Encounters

2:00 PM.Elizabeth Hudson examines the inspiration that the English playwright was for the Italian composer.

Michael Haas

7:00 PM.Michael Haas, music producer, author and curator talks about his research into music forbidden under the Nazis.

Raymond Boyce

2:00 PM.Designer Raymond Boyce has made a huge contribution to ballet, opera, puppetry and straight drama since he first came to New Zealand in 1953. Peter Mechen talks to Raymond and others who've worked with him over six decades in the theatre.

Interrupted Cadences - Britten

7:00 PM.What if …? John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Crossing the Atlantic in 1942 meant dodging U-boats. Benjamin Britten was lucky to make it - but what if he hadn't? (RNZ)

Rick Erickson, Cantor

2:00 PM.In the tradition of Bach himself, Rick Erickson is the Cantor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City.

Interrupted Cadences - Schoenberg

7:00 PM.What if …? John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. In 1915 Schoenberg's regiment suffered enormous losses on the Eastern Front. What if Schoenberg had been one of those casualties? (RNZ)

Four Last Songs

7:00 PM.Peter Shaw looks at Richard Strauss's final years and in particular his Four Last Songs, today one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. He surveys some of the many recordings

Interrupted Cadences - Wagner

7:00 PM.John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Wagner only just escaped being arrested for treason in 1849. What would the world have been like without Tristan, Die Meistersinger, and the Ring Cycle? (RNZ)

Beethoven's Piano Concertos

4:00 PM.Indra Hughes presents an overview of Beethoven's five Piano Concertos.

Interrupted Cadences - Schumann

7:00 PM.What if …? John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck became engaged in 1837. What if she had turned him down and pursued a professional career as a pianist? (RNZ)

Karlo Margetic

7:00 PM.The Wellington-based musician talks with Kenneth Young about his compositional processes and recent works including Lightbox and Melting Furniture (RNZ).

Interrupted Cadences - Berlioz

7:00 PM.What if …? John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. What if Berlioz had never seen Harriet Smithson play Ophelia? No Symphonie Fantastique, no programme music … (RNZ)

The Circumstances of Beethoven's Symphonies

7:00 PM.Some believe that they were conceived as a set with an overarching grand schema, but Thomas Goss points out the often more expedient external factors that influenced Beethoven in composing his nine symphonies (RNZ).

Interrupted Cadences - Beethoven's last summer

7:00 PM.John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently Beethoven's last summer. What if he had indeed taken his life at the age of 31? Only two symphonies, no middle period, no late quartets … (RNZ)

Elric Hooper

5:00 PM.Theatre director and broadcaster Elric Hooper talks with Des Wilson about his life and his career in the performing arts

Beethoven ReCYCLE (Part 2)

7:00 PM.Michael Houstoun and Tim Dodd continue their conversation about the Beethoven piano sonatas and Houstoun's approach to performing them. They talk in detail about the sonatas in his fourth concert of the cycle including the Appassionata.

Interrupted Cadences - Mozart

7:00 PM.John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. The young Mozart had two lucky escapes. What if he'd succumbed to smallpox in 1767 or died in the coach accident in 1770? And what if he'd lived beyond 1791? (RNZ)

Interrupted Cadences - JS Bach

7:00 PM.John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. JS Bach was only third choice, after Telemann and Graupner, for the position of Kantor in Leipzig in 1723. What if he'd remained an obscure country musician and not composed the great works which became pillars of Western musical tradition? (RNZ)

Beethoven ReCYCLE (Part 1)

7:00 PM.Michael Houstoun first performed the cycle of 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven 20 years ago. Why do it again? What's changed? Michael Houstoun talks to Tim Dodd about the project and they look at four sonatas from the first wave of concerts: the graceful Sonata quasi una fantasia in Eb Op 27 No 1; the tormented Op 31 No 2 in D minor, the "Tempest"; the expansive Op 53 in C, the "Waldstein"; and the gigantic Op 106 in B flat, the "Hammerklavier".

Interrupted Cadences - Galilei

7:00 PM.John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Had Vincenzo Galilei not courageously challenged established thinking about music in 1581, opera may never have developed, and his son Galileo might not have questioned the Ptolemaic model of the universe (RNZ)

Interrupted Cadences - Handel

7:00 PM.John Drummond explores critical moments in the history of Western music when things might well have turned out very differently. Handel suffered a massive stroke on 13 April 1737. What if he had not recovered? No late oratorios, no 'Messiah', and a changed history of England (RNZ)

David Long

2:00 PM.David Long talks with Charlotte Wilson about his work for film, television, classic bands like The Muttonbirds and recent activities with The Labcoats and as Lilburn composer-in-residence.

Hodies

7:00 PM.Brian Kay looks at settings of the Latin text 'Hodie Christus Natus Est', 'Today Christ is born', originally sung as antiphon to the Magnificat at Vespers on Christmas Day (RNZ)

Christchurch Harmonic Society 1965 Tour

7:00 PM.Fifty years ago, 150 members of the Christchurch Harmonic Society Choir and Chorale travelled to England to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Arts Festival. Clarissa Dunn talks to the Music Director William Hawkey and some of the choir members about this highlight of their musical lives (RNZ)

Georgina Zellan-Smith

7:00 PM.Tim Dodd talks to pianist Georgina Zellan-Smith about her early life in South Otago and her years in London in the 1960s and 70s where she had a successful performing career and rubbed shoulders with many of the great musicians from that era (RNZ)

Lilburn Lecture 2015

7:00 PM.Marking the 100th anniversary of Lilburn's birth, music historian and 2015 Lilburn Research Fellow Chris Bourke discusses the place of local popular music in New Zealand. He considers the ideas discussed by Lilburn in his celebrated talks A Search for Tradition and A Search for a Language: are they still relevant, and can they be answered by popular music? The lecture took place on 4 November 2015 (recorded at National Library of New Zealand by RNZ)

Galina Vishnevskaya - A Tribute

10:00 AM.Galina Vishnevskaya (1926-2012)

Roger Flury and Des Wilson discuss the extraordinary life and career of the Russian soprano who survived childhood poverty, disease, the siege of Leningrad, political persecution and even exile to become a celebrated international performer and recording artist (RNZ)

Dorothy Buchanan

7:00 PM.Dorothy Buchanan (b. 1945). New Zealand composer Dorothy Quita Buchanan was a pioneer of the Composers-in-Schools scheme in the 1970s, also an active violinist, pianist, teacher and publisher. In 2001 she was made an ONZM recognising a lifetime's involvement in music. To mark her 70th birthday, Dorothy talks with Elizabeth Kerr (RNZ)

Phillip Rhodes

7:00 PM.Kiwi baritone Phillip Rhodes talks with Kate Lineham about his international career in opera.

By Royal Command Prog 2

2:00 PM.Brian Kay presents two programmes of music written for royal occasions in the United Kingdom.

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